Asus readies AMD-based Eee PC 1201T

So far, Asus has stuck with Intel's Celeron and Atom processors for its Eee PC line of netbooks. That could soon change, however. The folks at Netbook Italia have uncovered quite extensive evidence that Asus is prepping a 12.1", Eee PC-branded system based on AMD's Congo ultraportable platform.

Dubbed Eee PC 1201T, the laptop reportedly has a 12.1" 1366x768 display, a 1.6GHz "Congo MV40" processor (likely a reference to the single-core Athlon Neo MV-40), 802.11n Wi-Fi, up to 320GB of mechanical storage, and a six-cell battery rated for up to four hours of run time.

Netbook Italia quotes a weight of 3.2 lbs and a thickness of 1.07"-1.3", which is a little on the chunky side. Then again, the Congo platform brings two advantages over the Atom and GMA 950 combo found in run-of-the-mill netbooks: the Athlon Neo processor has a full-featured core with out-of-order execution, and the 780-based chipset offers Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics—a considerably more powerful solution than anything in Intel's portfolio.

This isn't the first time a hardware vendor has offered an AMD-based machine with a netbook brand. MSI currently offers the Wind U210, which has a similar form factor and features as the upcoming Eee PC 1201T. MSI has based the Wind on AMD's first-gen ultraportable platform, though, which means the U210 packs an older 690 chipset with Radeon X1250 integrated graphics. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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